So you roll a Deathknight? Your main of another class has 2 gathering professions. Skinning and mining. You want to tank so you make your DK a leather worker and a blacksmith.

Wait this is not how it began…

You open your box, spend some time with the install disk, then spend minutes installing a giant game. You never heard of Wowhead or Wowinsider. You don’t even know what class to pick. You just know your friends told you to play horde on a specific server. You roll a toon, play it a bit, give up because warlock pets are so damn ugly.

Log out…

The next day you log back in and notice the dwarf with the bear on the Vanilla trailer. You like that. Log back on and play on your warlock. Level up some tailoring and enchanting give up.

Log out…

You decide to not to play with your Horde friends and roll a dwarf.

You run thru the snow your first 10-15 levels then meet some random dude in Wetlands. He tells you to level because WotLK is coming out. You are like “WotLK?”

Reroll on a different server because this guy just scared you by talking about some undead invasion and all that reminds you of are the zombies from the first Resdient Evil game.

Reroll your dwarf on one of those new player servers. You pick red hair this time and a long comfortable beard.

You level at your own pace. Don’t even hit level 70 until after WotLK comes out. You buy the collector’s edition because your Horde friend tells you to and your new guild is bad ass because everyone is online at the same time and everyone is leveling.

You decided to level Engineering because you are a Hunter and you can make your own bullets and range weapon. You also like the look of googles. Pre-transmog. You pick mining to help you level Engineering. You start a blog on WordPress to help you keep track of all the resources and blogs you discover.

You did not get 2 gathering professions on your first toon.

Min/Max is now entirely pointless.

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Purpose

A bank alt is the toon you will be using to do all your auctioneering and banking. You will buy and sell off the AH. You will use him or her to store all profession based materials so that you may free up bag space on your main toons. You will mail mats, BOEs, transmog gear, and any profession based items to your bank alt to sell on the AH. You will mail your mats from your bank alt to your other toons to level professions. This will prevent you from going back to a main city, saving you time and allow you spend more time farming or leveling.

Besides storing loot to sell. Your bank alt will also store any Heirlooms, BOAs, and any vanity items that are not soul bound to your other characters.

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Personal Bank and Bags

You will need at least four 16 slot bags.  If you wish you may spend the gold on bigger bags and additional slots in your personal bank. The more slots you purchase the more bags you can use in your personal bank.  Holding items will prevent you from flooding the market and decreasing the prices.

The cost of bags and additional slots will add up to a decent amount of gold but the time saved from being able to farm without hearthing back to a main city will make it up.

To start off you may obtain:

Netherweave Bag – 30 G on the AH. You could also craft the bags. If you are running Kara, Heroic MGT, and Sethekk Halls every week you could get a ton of cloth. I actually store the Netherweave cloth on my bank alt and have my tailoring friends make bags for me. I sell the bags on the AH or put them on leveling alts. You should only craft the bags if you already have the mats. This is a work mule. The whole idea is to get him or her up and running so you can start storing and selling.

Frostweave Bag – 200 G on the AH. Eventually you will want to upgrade to these bags or better.

Also keep in my mind that all items stored in your personal bank can be sold on the AH via remote AH. You are limited to 200 postings a day and you may do your auctioneering via App or from Battle.net.

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Guild Bank

The guild bank will be used to store additional materials.  You will need to purchase a guild charter and get 10 individuals to sign it.  You may purchase additional bank slots at your convenience. The last few slots are 500, 1,000, and 5,000 gold. I would save them for later.

The best part is you will get to come up with a nifty guild name and give your bank alt additional flavor. You will also be able to design a guild tabard.  Be sure to kick out all the members who signed the charter.

Race

Race doesn’t really matter… Wait I take that back. They do matter.

Any female except gnomes, dwarves and most of the horde races except Blood Elves are sexy in their banking attire.

Worgens get Darkflight, an additional sprint.

Night elves run a little faster while stealth.

Goblins have a vendor discount and a portable banker.

Blood elves get a bonus to enchanting.

Male taurens make your banking attire stand out.

Altoholics guide to the bank alt – Has a really good point about being able to see what transmog pieces will look like on your toon.

Class

Do you want to Sprint, Blink, or Roll between the AH and bank? Then choose a Rogue, feral Druid, Mage or Monk.

If you want a consistently higher run speed. l recommend a Hunter, Deathknight, feral Druid, or a Paladin.

Do you want the option to wear a variety of clothes and bling? Then choose a Deathknight, Paladin or a Warrior.

Do you want a cool travel form? Then choose a Shaman or Druid.

Do you want to be a stealthy bank alt? Choose a Druid or a Rogue.

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Professions

In order to obtain any useful professions you will need to level your bank alt to at least level 5. Level 10 is recommended if you want to be able to see your toon on the armory. You will still be able to do auctioneering on the mobile app at level 1.

Engineering
As a engineer you can wear googles and give your bank alt a Steam punk feel. The benefit is you may ask a mage to open a Portal to Shrine of Seven Stars so you may do all your business in a convenient location. More on that later.

Enchanting
This will let you disenchant all low level greens and be able to tell if you can disenchant higher ones. Especially useful if you are leveling more than one toon.

Fishing
I personally would level fishing for the fishing daily and a chance at the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat and other things like the ability to Find Fish. Maybe a slim chance at new fishing poles. Just more stuff to bling out your toon like String of Alligator Teeth x20.

Cooking
I would train cooking for a Cooking Fire. Just more spice for your already flavorful toon. You could aim for a Chef’s Hat by doing the cooking daily. You could also give your bank alt cooking heirlooms.

First Aid
Just being able to heal yourself while leveling is always perk. If you want to have American Red Cross symbols floating around your head level this profession. Then bandage your self in front of a auctioneer.

Archaeology
If your toon is over level 20 you may learn this profession. There really is no point since you will spend most of your time in a main city. I would pass on this one.

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Location

Shrine of Seven Stars – If you are an engineer there is a bank, guild bank, a mail box, and a auctioneer all in one spot and just a few steps away from each other. An anvil is there, too. Upstairs there are portals to every Capitol city. Don’t forget to set your hearth. Let a Mage port your low level bank alt to this location. High population

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Stormwind
A mail box, bank, guild bank, and auction house all within one location. Close to the Darkmoon Faire.
Trade District has a high population. Dwarven District has a generally lower population.

Ironforge
A mail box, bank, guild bank, and auction house across from each other. Low population.

Orgrimmar
A mail box, bank, guild bank, and auction house across from each other.
High population

Silvermoon
A mail box, bank, guild bank, and auction house across from each other.
Low population

The Gear

I will recommend a few guides. Choose what you want. A standard tux with Diamond Tipped Cane is good enough for me.

Notable Items

Darkmoon Storage Box – Cost only 1 ticket. Buyer beware they are unique. You may only have 1 bag.

Unusual Compass – Just in case you forget your direction or just want to change your direction.

Diamond Tipped Cane – found inside the bag from the fishing daily. Sells for a decent amount of gold. Pimp on a bank alt. The tip sparkles white.

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Noble’s Elementium Signet – This ring causes your hand to sparkle.

Any fish off hand.

Lovely Black Dress – Only for the females. Please keep these away from Tauren males. Rare drop from Love is in the Air event. Sells for a decent amount but is very revealing.

Blood Elf Bandit Mask – a fun little helm. Matches well with the dress from lunar festival.

Enchants

Enchant Boots – Minor Speed is really all you need.

Companion Pets

Up to you but Disgusting Oozeling turns you green. Green = Greed

Quest items you don’t want to turn in. Gives you more flare.

Mount

Is there a rideable mount below level 20?

Addons

Altoholic - Keeps track of all the items in your bags, banks, and guild banks across all your toons.
Bulk Mail Inbox – You don’t have to wear out your mouse button.
Gatherer – Keeps track of all the mining and herbalism nodes you discover.
Auctioneer – Lets you scan the AH for prices. Use it then start selling.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

/cast Sea Turtle

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Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while. I managed to get the Headless Horseman’s Mount this year, twice.

I did not get the helm on my only plate class, my DK, but got the helm on others.

I started to level a warrior. She is going to be a Herbalist/Alchemist.

I am thinking my next blog post will be about a Bank Alt. There are a ton of guides but they are so out of date. Ever since I started to actually use my bank alt solely for banking and auctioneering my gold income has sky rocketed. This was before Hallow’s End but I almost have enough Gold to make my first Engineering rocket.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Hey fellow bloggers,

If you were like me and used Lightbox 2 for your images, you might have noticed that the close option no longer works.  I only heard about this useful plugin because of BigRedKitty.  I have used it on my site for years.  Well I am late to this and this is entirely news to me but the plugin author stopped supporting this plugin over 2 years ago.

I tried a few Lightbox plugins in the past couple of days.  I have finally settled on Responsive Lightbox.  It seems to be the only plugin that works.  It even works very well with mobile devices. You might want to enable “Single Images as gallery.”  It displays images that are a part of a post as a single gallery.

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Well good luck if you decided to look around for a similar plugin yourself.  It has been a frustrating couple of days.  I think I finally found the that matches well with the site out of the box.  You don’t have to mess around with changing too many settings and it looks great.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

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Scythebitten was my 2nd level 85 during Cata.

He was originally more of a support toon to supplement Guntitan with Leatherworking leg enchants, mats and gear. During Cata I would pug raid groups as Feral and Heal in 5 mans and LFR.  He was also my second chance at getting holiday mounts until MoP when I leveled my third maxed toon to 90. My rogue Gearsedge.

During MoP he is my least geared toon.

I do miss him. When it rains he smells like a wet dog. When he skins he smells of iron blood.

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During Cata Scythebitten’s most notable accomplishments were getting the Swift White Hawkstrider and the Reins of the Raven Lord mount on the same day. Then a few months later he found the Mysterious Camel Figurine in Uldum, while fishing for guild mats for feasts. He was ported to the boss and DPS’d him down in his heal spec.  He got the Reins of the Grey Riding Camel and the title The Camel-Hoarder.

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During MoP this is the toon that I got the Reins of the Thundering Cobalt Cloud Serpent mount off Nalak. He also did not have Cloud Serpent Riding at the time.

Luckily he could still learn the mount and Guntitan is the only one who can ride the mount.

I always wanted to get the Frostscythe of Lord Ahune on this toon. Only my Mage has such an honor.

One day I plan to gear this toon again.

Why the professions? Why a Worgen?

I choose Leatherworking out of necessity. Guntitan needed leg enchants, crafted gear, and cloaks.

Skinning works well with Worgens because the racial, Flayer, and works really well with Swift Flight Form.  You skin faster with Flayer and you don’t have to unmount to skin a group of mobs. Worgens all have Viciousness which is a 1% increase to critical chance.  This passive ability matches well with the bonus you get from Master of Anatomy.

As a feral Druid the extra dash from the Worgen racial Darkflight helps especially in PVP while trying to run away, in PVE when trying to get out of the fire, or Soloing when you are trying to flee from a group of mobs you don’t want to kill.

About the Druid Class

I did have a OS Heals during Cata. I like the option of being able to choose which spec to play. There are 4 roles: melee, tank, range DPS and heals.

Swift Flight Form – Being able to shift into a flying form while falling is just so awesome. You don’t have to worry about falling to your death.  I also like to Dash, Darkflight, or use Stampeding Roar to run away then as soon as my aggro drops just Fly away.

Being able to fill in a role temporary.

Swimming form.  Just being able to breath underwater with Aquatic Form and adding the Glyph of Aquatic Form to swim faster is just a convenience.

I really can’t imagine being without my Feral Worgen Druid.

GT Lore if Guntitan and Scythebitten were to meet in game.

I am pretty sure Guntitan’s pets would be quite aggressive on their first meeting, especially if they see him as a Worgen.  In both forms Scythebitten is much taller than Guntitan. He looks vicious in his Worgen form but he is a Gentle giant as a Human. I always expected Scythe to be calm and quiet as a human. He would be the one meditating in the corner while Gun played with all his pets.

In combat Gun would see Scythe as a formidable ally. Ripping and tearing apart their enemies. As a Cat he would be aggressive and unforgiving. As a bear he would be a glutton for punishment but still hold his own.

If only were they to meet, Gun could thank Scythe for the armor and leg enchants and Scythe could reciprocate with a quiet bow for his Ghost Iron Dragonling and Spear of Xuen.

That’s my take on #DruidWeek

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

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I am joining the band wagon.

If you haven’t heard Lae at World of Lae is starting weeks of class discussion across the blogosphere, twittersphere, etc.

This Deathknight is the first Deathknight I ever got past level 70.

I got her to level 67 by the end of Cata. Then I dusted her off a few months ago and really started to level.

Why did I pick the professions?

I originally wanted to make her a BS/JC to min/max during Cata. I ended up leveling a Rogue first in Mop and putting ENG/BS on that toon. I figured pairing JC with mining because I was going to need ores to level JC.  It feels natural to have a toon that can do both Prospecting and Smelting.  It also seems weird not having those next to each other on my crafting bar.

I went JC for them mounts. I am trying get 200 mounts achievement. That’s one of the things I like to do in this game.

You also get Toughness from Mining and the Jewelcrafting only gems, Solid Serpent’s Eye and Fractured Serpent’s Eye.

Why a female Night Elf?

I like it when female night elves jump in place. Everything bounces. I mean Everything.

Pink Hair. Omg Pink Hair. So sexy.  The pink hair matches so well with the Blood Worms.

Now look at them Racials.

Nature Resistance – Reduces nature damage by 1%.

Quickness – Now gives you a 2% increased chance to Dodge. I still thought it only gave 1%.  I forgot it changed during MoP.

Shadowmeld – It’s like having a Hunter’s Feign Death. You wipe aggro but you turn invisible.  Especially usually for a tank during a situation when you know everyone else is going to die. Especially if the healer is already down.

Wisp Spirit – Increases your speed by 75% while dead.  As tank it would be so helpful for running back.  If you die in certain places like Icecrown you can fly as a wisp.  So awesome.

About the Deathknight class

I am debating if I should go for Shadowmourne.

I discovered that tanking ain’t easy. It’s a self conscious effort most of the time. I also wanted a tank so I could get pets and mounts out of the bags from heroics.

I like the Dots placed by diseases. I like how it holds aggro when you spread them with Blood Boil. I feel like Blood spec will be like the same affinity I have for BM Hunters.

I like Death Grip. Feeling like Scorpion is such a good feelng. Even that new one, Asphyxiate, makes you feel like Darthvader.

I like that DKs have Runeforging and don’t need enchants on their weapons. Enchants are so expensive. I like that the Runeforges are unique.

As a blood DK I feel invincible. I can’t wait until I try arenas or PVP.

I would gank lowbies with my DK.

I like the unique mount models Archerus Deathcharger and Winged Steed of the Ebon Blade.

DKs walk on water with Path of Frost and this toon will be a fisherman.  The ability may also help you win the fishing contest.

I always wanted Platekini transmog sets.

I wish the lore would continue. Its like everything stopped in Northend. What are the Knights of the Ebon Blade doing right now? I could imagine them having epics battles in Icecrown against the remaining Scourge. They must really be trying for the Super Simian Sphere. They must have a bank alts bank filled with Frostweave Cloth.

That’s my take on #DeathKnightWeek.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

perspective

I’ve been watching Doctor Who on Netflix from the beginning.  It is very interesting.

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Female Night Elf Death Knights are the only Night elves that can have pink hair.  It’s been known since WotLK days.  I found out during Cata and only really dug her out during this expansion.  I want to get her to level 90 before Hallow’s End for another chance at the mount, helm, and sword.  The quickest way to level 90 was to make her a Blood Death Knight, a tank.

As a hunter, tanking is always someone else’s job.  You don’t have to do anything but maybe occasionally use a Misdirect and even less than before watch your aggro.  It’s like my son.  He just recently turned 1 years old on July 1st.  He only knows his pee pee is there when his diaper is off. He likes to touch it, knowing it’s there but doesn’t quite understand what it is for and on occasion he pees with it.  As a hunter, tanks were always something that was there but I never really understood their purpose.

I know they prevent us, the group, from dying.   When I solo my pet acts like a tank, using abilities to pull aggro to himself and away from me so I can DPS the add from afar.  Happily never dying.  My pet does everything automatically.  I never have to be conscious of the unconscious effort of my pet’s job.

When I started my Death Knight during Cata, I looked up resources like Ask Mr. Robot or Noxxic or Icy-Veins  regarding rotations, talents, glyphs, stat priorities, etc.  Did it again recently during MoP.

It didn’t matter how much I read.  None of it still didn’t make any sense.  Especially since most of it is for level 90s. It wasn’t until I selected the role of tank and queued, that I finally got it.

You know all that text book bull shit you got scolded for as a new hunter?  Remember when they all called you a Huntard?  BTW, Huntard is a very offensive term.

As tank, you scold the DPS for targeting the wrong add or starting to DPS too soon, you let the group know when you are planning to skip a group of adds, or you get into arguments with the healer who doesn’t know how to put you on follow and cause the whole group to wipe on regular Utgarde Keep.

Before you pull the next group you have to be conscious of every health bar, every mana bar, every energy bar, every focus bar, and every chi bar.  Do monks even use Chi? I don’t remember.  If you aren’t conscious your healer will not have enough mana to heal or your DPS won’t have enough of whatever to kill stuff.  It could lead to a wipe.  As a hunter, we are like fuck it, I’ll just Cobra Shot my Focus back up.

Your abilities are not automatic. You manually apply your diseases, use your threat generating skills to hold a group of adds, you use your abilities to pull adds off a rogue DPS.  Again, nothing is automatic.

You have to consider the timing of your abilities. You watch your cool downs not because it’s going to give you amazing DPS, but that your next Death Grip will pull that add back to you that is running towards the healer. If you don’t the group will wipe.

As a Hunter, you are responsible for killing stuff and keeping you and your pet alive so you can DPS.  As a tank, you are responsible for keeping everyone else alive so you can get them loots and level.  4 other people are entirely dependent on your performance. You are no longer a solo creature or a part of a duo.  You are part of a group.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

P.S.

Now try this 10 times fast.  Female Blood Night Elf Death Knight. I bet you will say Blood Elf by accident.